M: Kaddish For The Children
PREMIERE: Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourne
28th February - 9th March 2019
A Feminist Re-Imagining .....
M: Kaddish For the Childrenis a visual performance work that re-imagines the classic Medea story from the woman’s perspective.It draws on: the classic Euripides Medea text; The Voyage of the Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes; and the Kaddish, the Jewish Mourners Prayer.
In this version Medea is allowed to mourn for the first time as she find her voice to recite the Kaddish and grieve various losses – home, identity and children. Meanwhile, her male counterpart, a.k.a. Jason, is condemned to a machine that will never let him stop moving.
As well as invoking the legacy of one of the world’s most ancient myths M:Kaddish For The Childrenis a contemporary rift on a modern relationship. The two performers, married for over twenty years, test the fundamental Medean dynamics of love, justice and faith against the parameters of their own relationship.
‘M: Kaddish For The Children’ will premiere at Footscray Community Arts Centre 28th February -9th March 2019 as part of the Women, Arts and Politics program.
I have no city, no mother, sister or relation.
I was carried off,
A trophy from a barbarian country.
Deborah Leiser-Moore: Concept, Writer and Performer
Richard Moore: Writer and Performer
Jacques Soddell: Sound Designer
Israel Aloni: Choreographer
Susan Bamford Caleo: Vocal Director
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Women, Arts and Politics Program
Development at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Domino (Zagreb, Croatia)
Directors Lab Melbourne
La Trobe University